Having worked human resource management in several capacities, she is well versed in government processes. Most notably with the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network while it operated under the county between 1982 and 2002. Her experience includes claimant advocate and consultant for the Michigan Employment Security Agency, mediator for the City of Detroit's Human Rights Department and Chairperson for the City of Detroit Board of canvassers for 20 years.
Burrell is an advocate for the mental health community as she provides a voice for her own family members and persons throughout Wayne County. She is very active in her community as a Precinct Delegate for the Michigan Democratic Party for over thirty years and works in her community spreading awareness by coordinating mental health forums on depression, suicide and stigma through her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Detroit Alumnae Chapter, as the former Chairperson of the Social Action Committee. Burrell earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Arts in Industrial Relations from Wayne State University.
As a DWIHN board member, Burrell is also serves as member of the Finance, Recipient Rights Advisory, and Building Committees.